Cassa Composition


Cassa Composition July 16 - 20, 2018

St. Vladimir's Cultural Centre, 404 Meredith Road NE 

9am to noon, 1 to 4pm

See the registration form or the fee summary 
for further information.


Cassa Composition: a New Experience for 2018

Students aged 12 to adult will create music with an opportunity to collaborate with a play. You will learn about composition and lyric writing. You will have the opportunity to write a song for Cassa PlayWriting or a piece or song that could performed in the Jazz Concert Friday evening. Half- and full-day options are available.

For more information, scroll down the page to the questions and answers section.


Clinicians for 2018

Derek Stoll

Derek Stoll obtained a bachelor of music degree in composition from the University of Calgary. He studied jazz and brass performance at the Banff Centre and has performed with numerous groups in the Calgary area. He currently teaches jazz theory at the University of Calgary, and jazz piano at Mount Royal University. 


Mark Limacher

Calgarian composer-pianist Mark Limacher is an active member of the local music community in many styles and genres. A prominent member of the Calgary jazz scene, he performs regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Theater Calgary, and the Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble. He served as apprentice to composer Bunita Marcus in Brooklyn, NY, and is a graduate of New School University in New York City. He co-hosts the weekly radio program Unprocessed on CJSW, 90.9 FM with violinist Laura Reid.


Questions and Answers:

Am I going to learn about composing jazz? 

You will be able to sit in on the composition section of the jazz program, but if that is your main interest, then you should be in the Cassa Jazz.

Am I going to learn something for a more traditional ensemble or for a band in which I play an instrument? 

If you want this kind of help, both Derek and Mark are capable of instructing you. This could include Garage Band and composition tools found online.

Am I locked into doing something for a play? 

We will establish what you are interested in and will go with your preference but are hoping that you would consider writing a song for the play as well.

Can I simply get advice on what I’m already doing? 

Yes, you can get some private time with Linda, Derek and Mark, and if you are particularly interested in writing for a musical or popular style music, we have other sources of help as well.

What about if I’m completely new to this and just need some help to get going? 

That would be great! We can handle that. Our instructors do that with their private students and are well equipped to offer you assistance.

What background do I need? 

You need to play an instrument with a minimum matching RCM Grade/Level 6. You need to be able to read music.

How many hours are we there each day? 

You will be able to choose a half- or full-day session, 9am to noon, 1 to 4pm.

Is there a performance of some kind? 

If you write a song for Cassa Playwriting and it is finished on time, it will be performed on Friday morning or afternoon by the Cassa PlayWriting children. If you write a piece or song and it is ready for performance, it will be performed in the Jazz Concert on Friday evening.

What else can you tell me about this?

Derek Stall and Mark Limacher are composition majors; both have written all styles of music, including Cassa musicals. Linda Kundert has produced several composers in her class, works with student composers all the time and adjudicates composition classes in festivals. Simon, a professional writer, has written lyrics for all of the PlayWriting songs for years.


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